Senegal angles for Security Council seat
There has been much talk about which African representative(s) might be chosen in an expanded UN Security Council. South Africa and Nigeria have been the two main candidates. However, Senegal has thrown its hat into the ring. Since the ascension of longtime opposition leader Abdoulaye Wade to the presidency, Senegal has enjoyed increasing confidence on the international stage. Wade is probably one of the most influential leaders in Africa. Senegal is also a much healthier democracy than Nigeria, which is on its way to returning to a one party state. One might argue that it's healthier than even South Africa, since Wade's PDS party has nowhere near the stranglehold on government apparatus that the South African ANC does. Wade is also untainted by association with an almost irredeemably corrupt state (like Nigeria's Obasanjo) or sycophancy vis a vis the Zimbabwean dictatorship or crackpot ideas on HIV (like South Africa's Mbeki). Though little Senegal does not have the international name recognition of Nigeria or South Africa, I dare say it would make a fine Security Council member.